Ever wondered why some people recover from injuries quicker than others?
Well first things first, everyone is different and each person has a slightly different recovery time post injury. A large variety of factors influence recovery time, ranging from genetics, fitness levels, nutritional intake (macro and micro nutrients), the protocols they follow and the environment the person is exposed to daily. This article is not a source of scientific research and is purely based
The calf muscles are one of the most overlooked muscle groups in the whole body, especially when it comes to athleticism. Picture any ball or racquet sport for now, and think of your favorite athlete. Got one in mind? How do they move? Do they stand on their heels or the balls of their feet?
Here's the answer; all the above sports you imagined are often played at speed and quick reaction times are essential in order to stand a chance of winning, so it is very likely they pl
Running is one of the most accessible sports we can take part in, simply slip on a pair of trainers, put one foot in front of the other and repeat! You probably know someone that has ran a marathon and you probably know a runner that has been injured. Maybe that someone is you? You're not alone, most of the population of runners experience 'overuse' injuries during training for a marathon. Afterall, 26.2 miles is a long way to run, and although it is achievable with a progres
The Glutes. Everyones got a set, but not everyone uses them... well not properly anyway.
We are a generation of people that trains the glutes for aesthetic purposes, but the key functions are often forgotten. The glutes are the biggest group of muscles in the body and (should be) the most powerful set of muscles too. The role as a group, is to stabilise the hips during walking, running and jumping as well as to generate hip extension, abduction and even internal/ external ro
In the second part of the 'shin splint' series, I discussed how to avoid the development of shin splints. In this blog (part 3/3), I explain treatment options for Medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS) and how to move on. Treatment options MTSS is associated with weakened medial foot arch stability and strength and therefore the treatment options should aim to address this. Although clinical research studies have yet to find a treatment method that works best for MTSS (on it's
Riding a bike of any nature requires a particular riding position, and often involves your shoulders adopting a protracted (shoulders rolled forward) and internally rotated position, hips in a flexed position (sat down position) and the lower back adopting a rounded position leading to tight Thoracic and Cervical vertebrae (upper back & neck). The consequences of this are susceptibility to injury as the following two things often dictate one and other; a tight group of muscle
A big risk associated with any action sport is injury. Usually sustained from impact as opposed to overuse and often involving other people, objects, or the floor in most cases! Should we just accept that this is part of the sport, or should we try and fight it? Well if you want to continue in your chosen sport, then you should consider that the definition of strength is: 'the capacity of an object or substance to withstand great force or pressure'; Although you can't 100% pr
The importance of muscular strength in any form of cycling is often overlooked, and the general consensus of the MTB community is that riding regularly is enough to improve every aspect of your riding ability, unfortunately like almost every-other sport, this isn't quite the case. Don't get me wrong, riding your bike regularly is super important and it is of course the fundamental aspect for developing your riding skills, technique and coordination; it's just that there are a
Flexibility plays an important role in movement and is often one of the most over looked aspects of training. Many people believe that flexibility training should be completed as part of the warm-down after exercising but rarely utilize this form of training at any other time. The human body is a very adaptable machine that needs to be exercised regularly, and if a joint is not used to its full capacity regularly, it will eventually lose its ability to go through that joint r
You may have heard the term 'sports specific training' quite a lot if you're a sports person looking for a physical trainer as it's a key message in many health professionals marketing these days, but what exactly does it mean? If you're a sports person and want to improve in your sport, then the term 'sports specific' will appeal to you right? Well, like everything, it's important to do your research, as it seems to be more and more common that athletes and coaches in this d